Manchester United vs Burnley: Match preview and predicted line-ups

Manchester united and Burnley Football Club lock horns this coming Saturday, with both sides at the complete opposite ends of the spectrum in terms of money available to spend on strengthening the playing squad. However, at this stage, only four points separate them in the table, and the battle at Old Trafford could be an intriguing one.

 

Recent form

The Old Trafford faithful must be concerned about Manchester United’s recent form in the Premier League. Since their 4-1 drubbing of current champions Leicester City, things haven’t gone well. The Red Devils played out two draws against Stoke City and Liverpool, before getting hammered by Chelsea just last weekend. That has led to United sitting in seventh place as we approach the tenth game of the campaign.

Burnley have to be pleased with where they sit at the moment. Fourteenth isn’t bad, and no doubt their fans will be happier each week they get closer to the end of the season not in those relegation spots. Last week was a much-deserved victory against an Everton side some were tipping for a spot in the top four. They came into that one with hard-fought defeats against both Arsenal and Southampton.

Predicted line-ups

Manchester United predicted starting XI                        Burnley predicted starting XI

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Jose Mourinho has to reward those who performed well in the Manchester derby, and on the top of that list is Marcos Rojo. The Argentine looks much more comfortable at centre-back, and it really is refreshing to watch him play. Luke Shaw will also likely start, as will Michael Carrick. They’ll still be no place for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

For Sean Dyche, why change a winning formula. Sam Vokes is a quality striker and his power will cause trouble for that United back four. They also have Steven Defour in the middle of the park who is proving to be an excellent signing. Old Manchester United boy Michael Keane will give Zlatan Ibrahimovic a tough time.

 

Suspensions and injuries

Manchester United’s injury list has grew rather considerably over the last couple of weeks. Perhaps the worst one was Eric Bailly’s knee problem, which will keep him sidelined for around two months. On top of that, Wayne Rooney has a muscle injury which must be a concern for Jose. Both Anthony Martial and Chris Smalling are doubts for this one, but both should be fit enough for a spot in the match day squad. Phil Jones and James Wilson are both long-term casualties.

Burnley themselves have their own injuries and fitness worries, but those could all be clear by the time 15:00 BST comes on Saturday. Their record signing Steven Defour should be fit, but will have a late fitness test. That’s the same case for George Boyd and Ashley Barnes, but Sean Dyche should have a fully fit squad to choose from all being well.

Our prediction

Manchester United and Burnley will both have their tails up after their last games. Mourinho’s men got one over on City in the derby, whereas the Clarets picked up a top last minute victory against Everton which moved them up to fourteenth in the league. However, with United being the home side, I expect them to pile the pressure on and win this one comfortably. I’m going for a comfortable 3-0 scoreline for Manchester United.

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